Journalistic reportage suffered setback in Kano yesterday when members of the fourth estate of the realm were barred by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) from covering the visit of its Comptroller General, Hameed Ali.
The visit of Comptroller General, who was represented by the Deputy Comptroller General, John Atte to the commercial nerve centre of the north where he was expected to meet with stakeholders was shrouded in secrecy by the service, which brought about suspicion in the media circle.
Reporters who stormed the Kano zonal office of the NCS located along Club Road were humiliated by the tall order allegedly handed down by its spokesperson, Duru Okechukwu that prevented them from gaining access to the heavily fortified facility at Bompai GRA.
“We are under strict instructions to keep intruders away, and I’m afraid reporters are not welcome for this event,” a stern-looking Customs officer said.
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